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Delivery and the First Hour


About This Course

Birth and the First Hour is a CEU-certified training that will prepare community health workers to guide and support expecting mothers and their partners to promote a healthy birth outcome. The process of childbirth is critical and rigorous. It can also be difficult, if not well prepared for. This course provides all the necessary action steps to make childbirth a smooth and low-stress process for everyone involved. From creating a birth plan so expectant mothers can plan for this life-changing experience, to advocating for rights of the mother and birth partner, this course has all the crucial information needed.

This course informs women about the different birth practices so they can choose which one they prefer for their family. It also contains various helpful tips to ease out this process for the birth partner and helps them be involved when the woman is giving birth.

By the end of this training you will be able to:

Describe a birth plan

Explain the rights of a childbearing woman

Recommend what roles the birth partner can fill while the woman is giving birth

Explain the 3 evidence- based practices: skin-to-skin contact, delayed cord clamping, and delayed bathing.


There are no prerequisites for this course. No prior training, knowledge or experience is required to take this course.

This course is brought to you by the Maternal Child Health Training Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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MCH Training Program

The purpose of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program is to strengthen the capacity of the rural public health work force to meet the diverse needs of MCH populations via accessible and customized public health education and training. The program is designed to enhance the core public health practice with an explicit focus on an MCH-specific professional identity.

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